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this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at 10pm. the world health organisation says it is very worried about the rise in covid—19 cases in europe, saying the disease is once again the continent's biggest killer and warns the uk against complacency. success today does not mean success tomorrow, because no country is an island. in the netherlands, more than 50 people have been arrested, after protests over new covid restrictions in rotterdam erupted into rioting last night. record numbers of migrants crossing the channel prompts a government review. missing chinese tennis star, peng shuai, has been seen in unverified new footage released by state media dining with friends
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and her coach in a restaurant. good evening. the world health organisation has called for an urgent tightening of measures across europe to halt spiralling transmission rates of the coronavirus. it has warned that 500,000 more deaths could be recorded by march, unless urgent action is taken. let's have a look at how the uk is performing in comparison to other european countries. based on figures from two days ago, this graph shows a rolling sevenday average of daily cases per million people in italy, germany, and here in the uk. but when the netherlands and austria
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are included, the numbers rise sharply to more than double those rates for the uk and germany. with cases surging in parts of europe, my colleague martine croxall, spoke to dr hans kluge — the world health organisation's regional director for europe. he pointed out that, while cases are high, authorities know how to handle the situation and what measures to implement. we are definitely worried. but the good news is that we know what to do. let's look to the positive side — portugal, spain, where i have been recently, they are implementing what i call a vaccination plus pass. they are vaccinating, now they are boosting but also implementing the basic measures like masks. average 48% of the european population is wearing a mask indoors. any percentage above that will have an immediate effect.
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much more attention to be paid to ventilation. and, finally, two new treatment protocols which have to be standardised. we are hearing, though, that austria wants to make vaccinations mandatory. how wise is that when we're already seeing people out on the streets protesting about the new lockdown that they are imposing? vaccination centres are about the three cs — confidence, complacency and convenience so mandatory vaccination has to be really a last resort. you have to be sure that all the access barriers are removed but i do think it is timely to have a legal and societal debate about mandatory vaccination. they're not likely to take place until next year, the mandatory vaccinations. we've got several weeks of winter to get through.
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what are you hoping that you will see? how are you encouraging different countries to respond to these rising numbers? europe has missed the boat, unfortunately, to prevent a fourth wave, so all the efforts have to focus on keeping mortality down. daily, we have 7,200 deaths a day. it means covid—i9 is back as the number one cause of mortality. and that is why we need the vaccination, the booster, the masks, the clinical treatment protocols, and that means, for example, the covid passports, the covid pass. it is not limiting liberty, it is a collective tool to avoid more painful lockdowns. when you look at the experience of the united kingdom, for example, what might other countries learn from the uk? because this country did manage to get the vaccines rolled out fast and many people are having the third boosterjob. the vaccination roll—out definitely was a success story but every
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country did some good things, every country could have done some things better. and i think the key here is that success today does not mean success tomorrow, because no country is an island. so, in that sense, the uk is also better off by implementing strict public health and social measures to keep the situation as it is and to further improve. what would you advise the british government to do that it has not done in the past that it should do in the future? because it has a huge amount of criticism of the number of cases that we've had the sheer number of people who have died here. well, too many countries thought that the pandemic was over when it was just in other ways passing. so it goes back to the basics — vaccination, booster, masks, clinical protocols and, of course, it has to be based
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on the national and international situation so a continuous risk approach, but don't lift the guards too early. we should have learned that lesson. single—use plastics such as plates and cutlery, as well as polystyrene cups, could all be banned in england under new plans being considered by the government. it is estimated that only 10 percent of such items are recycled. according to estimates, in england alone, we get through 1.1 billion single—use plates every year. in addition to that, 4.23 billion single use pieces of cutlery — the vast majority of which are plastic — are also used. disposable coffee cups have been a long standing problem — the uk throws away two and half billion of those every year. ealier we heard from the friends of the earth, plastics campaign lead, camilla zerr — who explained how replacing single use plastic, has been done successfully elsewhere. not all plastic should be gotten rid of.
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actually, some plastics are actually essential for health purposes, for people with disabilities and many other reasons, so what we are saying is we need to get rid of those unnecessary single use plastics that very easily could be replaced by a reusable alternative or a refillable alternative and that is possible, because there are countries where it is already the case and we know that it has been in the past 20 years or so that we have seen this surge of single use plastic items when actually what we used to use are way more reusable. there are reusable bottles, reusable coffee cups, reusable containers to go and refill, for example, your pasta or your rice at the supermarket. that is something that is absolutely possible. there's to be a review into how to prevent migrants crossing the english channel to the uk. it follows months of pressure on the government over record numbers of people making the journey. 0ur political correspondent, iain watson has more. quite simply, the government has got
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to be seen to be doing something, because so far this year there have been 2a,000 crossings in the channel and that is three times higher than last year, so there is some political pressure on the government. they pledged, of course, to take back control of the border but only yesterday the labour leader was tweaking borisjohnson�*s tail over this, saying that he was promising what he cannot deliver. obviously there has to be a new initiative, but i am told that the prime minister himself, of course, is frustrated by the continuing crisis and what he wants to see is a cross—departmental focus on this issue, just like there is on tackling covid and he has nominated steve barclay as his problem solver. that might seem to be a bit of a poisoned chalice, but he is set to get to work, i am told, in the next week or so and talk to different departments to see what they can do, but also come up with some potential policy recommendations, if any more are needed. that said, i am not entirely convinced that they will be able to do what some other big initiatives have failed to do so for. the £54 million deal with france, for example, that was meant to stop
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migrants from setting sail in the first place and the government said it stopped many thousands of potential crossings, but of course, as you mentioned, we are still having record numbers and they have also tried various other ideas which have not yet come to fruition, including perhaps processing people offshore, but what the critics are saying is what is really necessary is a much deeper dig into the reasons why people feel they have to migrate, why they are leaving their areas in the middle east, north and east africa and so on and coming to britain in the first place and it is not enough just to stop the boats, but we need to look at the reasons why people would be coming to these shores in the first place.
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because of soaring infection rates. police shoot at the crowd as protesters hurled fireworks and rocks — the city's mayor said
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it was an orgy of violence. and today: thousands of people in austria attend protests against mandatory vaccinations and lockdown. it comes amid a warning from the world health organisation that hundreds of thousands more people could die of covid without urgent action. also tonight: divisions in the us after the verdict which cleared a teenager of murder for shooting dead two people during protests. and a last—minute penalty kick secures a dramatic victory for england against world champions south africa. good evening. the mayor of rotterdam in the netherlands has condemned what he's called "an orgy of violence" after protestors took to the streets to demonstrate
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against coronavirus restrictions. the country is one of a number in europe to re—impose a lockdown because of a surge in cases. and there are reports tonight of further unrest in the hague, with hundreds of people in clashes with the police. meanwhile, tens of thousands of people took to the streets in vienna after the austrian government said it was putting in place a full national lockdown from monday. 0ur europe correspondent anna holligan reports. rotterdam. the netherlands�* second city. scarred by a night of rage. riot police came from across the country to try to quell the uprising. they fired warning shots than live rounds in response to scenes condemned by rotterdam's mayor as an orgy of violence. translation: on several. occasions police officers had to draw their weapons to defend themselves. some aimed shots were fired.
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at least seven were injured. restrictions in the netherlands began last saturday and will be in place for another two weeks at least. tonight, they are being extra vigilant here, checking ids and still looking for suspects. the streets here are peaceful right now but pockets of discontent exist around the country and the atmosphere remains volatile. the netherlands is among several european countries battling record infection rates and many governments are considering or implementing tougher measures targeting the unvaccinated. in austria today supporters of the far right freedom party marched against mandatory coronavirus vaccines. a 20—day lockdown will start next week, working from home will be ordered and only essential shops will stay open. germany fears a national health care emergency. new measures are expected for those
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who haven't had theirjabs. a full lockdown is still on the cards. the uk isn't yet seeing such a dramatic surge in cases and these are some of the reasons why. many countries in europe were faced with delta a little bit later, so they are dealing with it now and some of them opened up slightly later than we did, so that's a factor. the second point is those differences in vaccines. you have high levels of non—vaccine uptake in some populations in some european countries. high infection rates have helped to build up immunity in the uk. now the push to encourage people to get their boosterjabs continues. the incentive for many, the avoidance of harsher rules like those enforced elsewhere. anna holligan, bbc news. the world health organisation has called for an urgent tightening of measures across europe to try to halt the spread of covid. 0ur correspondentjon donnison is here, and they've got some alarming predictions
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if action isn't taken? they have. this is the who's regional director for europe and he is winning there could be a further half a million covid related deaths by next march if urgent action isn't taken. he is urging the wider wearing of masks and are for people to get vaccinated. this comes with several european countries reporting record case levels. the situation in the uk is a bit different. latest figures from the office of national statistics showcase levels here are continuing to fall. that could be because they have been high for several months and that means a certain level of natural immunity has built up. there is concern though about vaccine efficiency waning. the government really pushing boosterjabs now from monday, 40—49 —year—olds will be the latest group who can get their covid
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booster jabs. latest group who can get their covid boosterjabs-— well, let's look at the situation in the uk in more detail, with the latest government coronavirus figures. they show there were 40,941 new infections recorded in the latest 24—hour period. on average, 40,531 new cases were reported per day in the last week. 150 deaths were recorded, that's of people who died within 28 days of a positive covid—i9 test. on average, in the past week, 147 related deaths were recorded every day. and on vaccinations, more than 14.6 million people have now had their booster injection. there have been calls for calm in the united states after yesterday's court verdict that cleared a teenager of murder. 18—year—old kyle rittenhouse had argued he was acting in self—defence when he shot dead two men and injured a third during unrest last year over the police shooting of a black man.
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the not—guilty verdict has divided the country, as our north america correspondent nomia iqbal now reports. all: whose streets? 0ur streets! whose streets? 0ur streets! hundreds of people marched through new york in protest at the verdict. in the city of portland, a riot broke out after protesters smashed windows and threw rocks at police. but nothing on the scale of last year's unrest. after the verdict came out, kyle rittenhouse spoke to one of america's most conservative talk—show hosts, tucker carlson. the jury reached the correct verdict, self defence is not illegal, and i believe they came to the correct verdict, and i'm glad everything went well. it's been a roughjourney but we made it through it. we made it through the hard part. the case goes beyond what happened in this court here in kenosha. for most republican politicians, kyle rittenhouse is a brave patriot who was simply defending himself
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that night after being chased. but many democrats are worried that by not being held accountable for killing two men and injuring a third, it sends a dangerous message. the vice president said the decision reflected poorly on the justice system. the verdict really speaks for itself. as many of you know, i have spent the majority of my career working to make the criminaljustice system more equitable and clearly there is a lot more work to do. president biden said he understood the anger and concern by some, but struck a more measured tone. i stand by what the jury has concluded. the jury system works and we have to abide by it. this case has exposed so many divisions that already exist in america about gun laws, racism and the left versus right. the story of this teenager will do almost nothing to bring those sides together. nomia iqbal, bbc news, kenosha.
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the number of people who died in england while detained under the mental health act rose during the pandemic, according to early figures from the watchdog, the care quality commission. it comes amid concerns that staffing shortages are compromising patient safety. one of those who took his own life after being sectioned was teenager charlie millers, who died at the end of last year. patrick baker spoke to his mother — and a warning, his report contains flashing images. after struggling with his mental health throughout most of his teenage years, 17—year—old charlie millers became increasingly unwell during the second half of 2020. he went downhill in thejuly time. he was then sectioned. charlie spent the next few months in and out of the mental health unit at prestwich hospital in manchester. in early december last year, he returned to the ward following a night at home. i dropped him off at quarter to eight at night. he was in really good spirits and then i got a phone call
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at quarter to 11 to say that they were doing cpr on him. during the course of that evening charlie had made four attempts on his life, the last of which proved fatal. a confidential nhs report into charlie's death said that due to sickness absence being reported that day, there was no qualified nurse rostered on duty for the night shift. the nurse in charge agreed to cover this shift. she had worked from 9am to 4pm and returned at 7pm. in a statement the nhs trust that runs prestwich hospital expressed its deepest sympathies but said it would be inappropriate to comment further until the coroner's inquest has concluded. between 2012 and 2019 an average 273 people died each year while detained in hospital or being supervised in the community under the mental health act in england. but early estimates for the first year of the pandemic suggest a record high, with 490 people dying between march
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2020 and march 2021. i think staff shortages are compromising patient safety in every part of the nhs at the moment. we have a workforce crisis and it's time we completely overhauled the way we decide how many doctors and nurses we are going to train for the future. the department of health and social care said there are now record numbers of doctors and nurses working in the nhs. they said they are investing £2.3 billion a year by 2023—24 to transform mental health care and will bring forward plans to reform the mental health act. charlie's mum, samantha, says she is still waiting for a clear explanation about how her son could have lost his life in the very place that was meant to keep him safe. a full inquest into charlie's death starts next year. patrick baker, bbc news. let's take a look at some of today's other news. a major rescue operation has been taking place in southern india
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where flash floods triggered by heavy rains have killed at least 30 people. in one incident, three buses were washed away. analysts say unpredictable and extreme weather across south asia is driven by climate change, and exacerbated by damming and deforestation, along with excessive development. the founder of tesla, elon musk, has apologised after hundreds of drivers were locked out of their electric vehicles, because of a fault affecting their phone app. customers affected were those not carrying their keycards, which is another method of opening the cars. and welcome to a highway in california where a modern day gold rush of sorts has delighted drivers. an armoured car had a minor accident near san diego, spewing cash across the lanes. the authorities are appealing to those who picked up the money to hand it back. with all the sport now, here's karthi gnanasegaram at the bbc sport centre.
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thanks. there have been some thrilling rugby union matches as the autumn nations series comes to a close this weekend. england had a 27 points to 26 win over south africa who had beaten them in the world cup final two years ago. wales also won by a single point overcoming australia 29 to 28. and scotland defeated japan 29 points to 20. patrick gearey has the details. on another continent on the other side of a pandemic, england and south africa met in the world cup final. south africa won, england failed to score a try. so what a start they got from manu tuilagi afterjust six minutes. against the springboks you hope your points outnumber your bruises. it is a test of strength. freddie steward muscled england 11 points clear but you never safe from handre pollard's boot. he helped make up the distance, kick for kick, south africa crept back. they were just ahead when england saw an escape route. joe march antinto 20—year—old raffi quirke to score his
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first international try. the moment of his life! he will never forget that, but south africa soon did. with ranks elsewhere, makazole mapimpi had the space he needed. not long later south africa led, but only by two points. an advantage vulnerable to an english surge, and english penalty. there it was. less than a minute left, and marcus smith, england's great hope, had england's big kick. england finished 20—21 by beating the world number one. when wales scored their first try of the match against australia through ryan elias, it seemed they were on course for a fairly comfortable victory. the wallabies had already lost a man to a red card at that point but were determined to make it interesting. not long after filipo daugunu's try, they actually went ahead. but as in london, so in cardiff. this time rhys priestland's penalty would be the final action of wales' year. they finish on a high. scotland's performance in beating japan was a little patchy
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but to "hog" the limelight. that took stuart hogg clear as his nations top try scorer. a record that will surely only be extended. patrick gearey, bbc news. it's been a fascinating day in the premier league too, but it is time to pop out of the room if you don't want to know the day's football results as match of the day and in scotland, sportscene, follow soon on bbc one. there is growing expectation that manchester united will sack their manager, 0le gunnar solskjaer, following today's 4—1 defeat at watford. united have dropped to seventh place in the table and have had just one win in their last seven league games. top of the table chelsea had a 3—0 victory over leicester city. there were wins for new managers, steven gerrard and dean smith at aston villa and norwich. and liverpool are in second place after a 4—0 win over arsenal. celtic are into next month's scottish league cup final after defeating holders saintjohnstone1—0. while in the scottish premiership there were wins for dundee united and motherwell.
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st mirren and livingston drew 1—1. lewis hamilton will be on pole position for tomorrow's qatar grand prix, after an impressive final lap in qualifying. the mercedes driver was nearly half a second faster than title rival, max verstappen, who is 14 points ahead of hamilton with just three races remaining. rory mcilroy is back at the top of the leaderboard at the season—ending tournament on the european tour, the dp world tour championship. mcilroy re—gained the lead after a third round of 67 put him one shot ahead of england's sam horsfield. if he wins, mcilroy would become the first golfer to win the prestigious dubai event three times. tennis, and joe salisbury has become the first british man in history to reach the doubles final of the end of season, atp finals. salisbury and his partner rajeev ram are the reigning us open champions. they beat the world number one pair, in a match tie—break in their turin semifinal.
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there's more on the bbc sport website. that's it for now, but before we go the health secretary, sajid javid, willjoin andrew marr at 9 o'clock tomorrow morning, here on bbc one. that's all from me. goodnight. now, a push to encourage people to get their booster jabs now, a push to encourage people to get their boosterjabs continues. hello, it may have turned colder but along with that change, the skies in many areas on sunday will be a good deal blower. in fact, that changes on saturday in scotland was the colder air moves through. that has spread through the uk. along with the sunshine, there is a chance of catching a shower across eastern
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areas of the uk. this cold front is moving away so behind it, the cold air, along with a clear skies across the uk, but, yes, the colder air has arrived. it will feel very different from everything we have had so far this autumn but it is not at all unusualfor this autumn but it is not at all unusual for the this autumn but it is not at all unusualfor the time of this autumn but it is not at all unusual for the time of year. a touch of frost in parts of scotland is the day begins. plenty of sunshine around. with a scattering of showers in northern scotland, wintree on hills, becoming more widespread across the eastern side of england, as we go on through the day. one or two heavier ones in there as well. whereas for much of south—west scotland, northern ireland, wales, the western side of england, barand ireland, wales, the western side of england, bar and isolated shower, it will be dry and sunny. a brisk breeze adds a chilly breeze in northern scotland, the north—east coast 14 mph gusts. temperatures for the most part in single figures, ten or 11 on the south coast. we'll keep
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a few showers in the east and into monday, clouds increasing in northern scotland with rain moving in. with a cloud here, temperatures are holding up. elsewhere, a more widespread frost as monday begins. monday, for england and wales, will deliver quite a bit of sunshine. there are increasing in northern england, still the chance of a shower in parts of south—east england. claudia skies in northern ireland and scotland, patchy rain in northern scotland. with that, temperatures are edging up again a few degrees. temperatures actually ready for a few days in the week ahead before later in the week we have another push of cold air spreading its way southwards and likely to be a touch colder than the air we find ourselves in at the moment. quite a lot of dry weather around this week, just a few showers here and there, and the showers, as the colder air moves and by friday, will be wintree in places.
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hello. this is bbc news. we'll be taking a look at tomorrow mornings papers in a moment. first the headlines. the world health organisation says it is very worried about the rise in covid—19 cases in europe — saying the disease is once again the continent's biggest killer and warns the uk against complacency. success today does not mean success tomorrow,
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because no country is an island. in the netherlands, more than 50 people have been arrested, after protests over new covid restrictions in rotterdam erupted

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